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May 2013 Archives

April Verch, Loon Choir, Elliott BROOD

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Saturday, June 1st:

Loon Choir's Derek, Brad, and Nicole recorded a stunningly pretty Bandwidth Stripped-Down Session in Studio 14 this spring. In addition to great tunes we chatted about their career highlight thus far, which was playing Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest. Lucky for them, they get to do it again this year!

In honour of Elliott BROOD playing Ottawa's WestFEST next weekend I pulled a 90 Second Egg out of the archives that goes back to the year the Brood first played the free festival: 2006!

Plus new music from Ryan Granville-Martin and Dawn & Marra.
She might only be in her early 30s but April Verch is already a seasoned vet of the folk circuit. She's been tapping and fiddling since she was in single digits and she shows no signs of slowing down. April is the Bandwidth feature interview this week. (Listen below.)
Listen to the April Verch interview here:

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The Strumbellas, Saxsyndrum, & running music!

Plus, don't forget to stream the first-ever CBC Music Festival right now!


Morlove: The Bandwidth Interview

Thumbnail image for Morlove album 2013 Old Tomorrow.jpgMorlove is Miss Emily Brown--of Iroquois, Ontario--and Corwin Fox, I reached them by phone as they were waking up from last night's gig. It wasn't your usual grungy tavern, but rather had taken place at an organic farm in Chase, British Columbia. This new album Old Tomorrow came to life after a sojourn at the Banff Centre of the Arts. They spent time co-writing and researching other arts beyond that of songwriting, and within the songs are references to urban design, Corwin's family tartan, and some Canadian history.


Take a listen to my chat with Morlove, on the line while on tour amongst the barnyard animals! Cock-a-doodle doo! 


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Fevers! Morlove! Andrew Laviolette!

Fevers Session 024.jpgSaturday, May 18th:
  • Ottawa's (via Sudbury) Sarah Bradley's soaring vocals lead Fevers in a sweet Bandwidth Stripped-Down Session. [Pictured left.]
  • Morlove's Miss Emily Brown and Corwin Fox join me on the line from a lively farm on tour in B.C. The band has a new album stitched together on the theme of patterns, and it's as cozy to your ears as the quilt your aunt made you.
  • Thunder Bay's Andrew Laviolette thinks fast in a 90 Second Egg.


MC Abdominal & his Mom: some "bad-ass" Courage

Perhaps the best order is to watch the video, then listen to my interview with Toronto rapper Abdominal and his Mom, Sharon Singer, about their collaboration on "Courage." She rode that bike on the back of a flatbed truck!





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Music & Mom: Abdominal, The Barbers, & more

Saturday, May 11th:

An entire show devoted to the convergence of two topics: music and mom!
- MC Abdominal's hot new rap protege: Sharon Singer (aka: his mother)
- Jill Barber & Matthew Barber join their mom for a chat about the influence of musicals and lullabies on their chosen careers...
- The Myers Brothers Band send out a song to their late mother Georgette and tell a great story how she quickly giveth and then taketh away with his first guitar lesson.
Theme: MICHIGAN LEFT - Arkells
BUZZARD SONG - Elizabeth Shepherd
ITEM #1: Abdominal & Mom
COURAGE (FEAT. MY MOM) - Abdominal
GONE (CLEAN) - Divine Brown
BEHIND THE PINE DOOR - Myers Brothers Band
ITEM #2: Barbers
MODERN WOMAN - Matthew Barber
DON'T TELL MOM - Mother's Children

Call it a comeback: Laura Smith

She had three freak accidents that left her dependent on pain killers, broke, and depressed. Eventually Laura Smith pulled out of the abyss that kept her from the studio for 15 years. She's released her first album since 1997's It's a Personal Thing.


Everything Is Moving reveals the folk singer is not only back, but better than ever. Everything is moving again, indeed.




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Mental health & music: Laura Smith, David Francey, Larry Pegg

Saturday, May 4th:

The week of May 6-10th is the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week. In truth one could fill a month of shows on the associations between mental health and music. Artists and listeners alike use music to help ourselves out of dark places. I'll touch on just a few:

- Laura Smith's triumphant return after 15 years. From depression in high school to dependence on narcotics, the folk singer's life has ridden as many waves as the boats she writes about.
- David Francey has a new album all about his period of personal struggle. We'll hear his song specifically about depression but we'll have some fun together in a 90 Second Egg.
- Larry Pegg's daughter died by suicide and his musical mission is to tell desperate kids: please, wait.
- Plus the winners of the CBC Music Festival Tickets!

May the 4th of music be with you...
Sorry, couldn't resist.

- Amanda
(ps. Tickets for the concert in Perth I mention on the show, with Kathleen Edwards & Iain Reid: Kelly's Flowers in Perth 613.464.3112)